easy seasonal skincare swaps for fall
Just like you switch up your wardrobe each season, it's important to transition or adjust your skin care regimen during colder months.
In the Fall and Winter, our skin gets hit with a double whammy. Exposure to outdoor cold, drying air can lead to red, flaky, tight or even cracked skin. And when it's cold outside, it's often heated indoors. Indoor heating creates a very drying atmosphere which can also contribute to skin irritation. During these months, it's important to protect your skin from environmental conditions that could irritate or accelerate skin aging.
So, where to start? We've created a simple guide to help you determine which LATHER products will keep you glowing from head to toe this season.
What tips should I follow in order to easily transition my skin regimen into fall?
Combination and dry skin types
- Avoid foaming cleansers formulated with sulfates as these can be drying and irritating. It's a good time to try a non-foaming, creamy cleanser or a cleansing oil to remove dirt, makeup and impurities without stripping skin of beneficial oils. Try Cucumber Milk Facial Cleanser, Chia Seed & Passion Fruit Cleansing Oil
- Incorporate a lightweight facial oil into your moisturizing routine, applying it before your serum or moisturizer, or mixed into serum or moisturizer. With many facial oils dispensed with droppers, it's easy to experiment to determine the number of drops that are right for your skin. Try Chia Seed & Passion Fruit Facial Oil
- Transition to a richer moisturizer during the day on your whole face, or on areas that tend to get dryer. Try Sweet Almond Face Moisturizer (combo skin types), AHA Facial Therapy (dry skin types).
- At least once a week, try an intensive moisturizing mask, packed with humectants, that will nourish and soothe irritated skin. Try Honey Moisture Mask
Oily skin types
- People with oily skin might think they should wash their faces more frequently than other skin types, but over washing can strip skin of beneficial oils! Press pause on the multiple washes during winter and use a gentle, sulfate-free cleanser that won't strip or irritate skin. Try Ultra Mild Face Wash
- Even oilier skin needs moisture! Try a lightweight moisturizer that won't clog pores. Try Ultra Light Face Lotion
- Use serums containing glycerin, hyaluronic acid or sodium hyaluronate (the salt of hyaluronic acid). These are oil-free humectants that help bind moisture to the skin, leaving you radiant. Try Magnet Moisture, Vitamin C Peptide Renewal, Swiss Apple Wrinkle Remedy
All Skin Types
- Be sure to avoid toners that are formulated with alcohol, which can be drying. Look for toners/facial mists that include hydrating and soothing ingredients: Try Bulgarian Rose Phytonutrient Elixir
- For the delicate eye area, use a cream based product instead of a gel to moisturize and soften: Try Licorice Root Eye Treatment
What other products should we replace or add during colder months?
- Sloughing off dry, flaky patches from the skin's surface maximizes the absorption of your serums and moisturizers so that they can work to their fullest potential. But during the colder, drier winter months, look for cream, oil or non-foaming gel based scrubs that won't irritate or strip sensitive skin.
- Body: Try Almond Créme Body Buff, Yuzu Sugar Cane Body Buff
- Face: Try Chia Seed & Passion Fruit Exfoliating Gel, Sweet Almond Exfoliating Créme
- Look for richer body lotions that contain higher levels of emollient botanical butters and oils to nourish and hydrate dry, rough skin. Try Almond, Milk & Honey Body Butter, Manuka Honey Body Butter, Bamboo Créme Moisturizer
- Spot treat especially dry areas such as elbows, heels and knees with concentrated, pure body butters. Try Pure Shea Butter
- After the face, the hands are the part of the body that are most exposed to the elements. During the winter months and in cold and flu season, we tend to wash our hands more often in an effort to stay healthy. This exposure to the elements plus excessive washing can dry out and irritate your hands. Be sure to use a rich hand care product several times throughout the day and at night to protect, soothe and replenish lost moisture. Try Hand Therapy
- We often forget about our feet during the colder months when they are hidden under thick socks and boots! But our tootsies also need some TLC during the cold season when dry skin and calluses build up. Use a hard-working foot scrub to slough away dead skin and follow with a smoothing and hydrating foot créme. Try Eucalyptus Foaming Foot Scrub, Lavender & Eucalyptus Foot Creme
- Our manes can become dull and damaged from the outdoor cold and indoor heat, not to mention hair static! Use products that protect, strengthen and revive dry, brittle dull hair. Try Avocado Mint Hair Repair
- Avoid dry, flaky, chapped lips by occasionally buffing away flakes, and using products that help treat, moisturize and protect delicate pouts. Try Vanilla & Argan Lip Scrub, Lip Conditioning Balm
What are some natural ingredients and vitamins to look for when considering fall products that will keep our skin bright and hydrated? What makes these ingredients essential for cold weather?
Botanical oils and butters may be your best beauty friend this season! They provide a protective layer on the surface on the skin that helps to lock in moisture, preventing trans-dermal water loss and dehydration.These ingredients contain fatty acids that offer skin-soothing benefits and antioxidants that protect against environmental aggressors. Even people with combination or oily skin can benefit from lightweight oil based products to balance sebum production, which can go into overdrive when skin is over-stripped of its natural oils. Below are some of the botanical oils and butters we recommend to keep skin moisturized and nourished during cooler weather.
- Chia Seed Oil
- Passion fruit Seed Oil
- Sweet Almond Oil
- Jojoba Oil
- Borage Oil
- Avocado Oil
- Safflower Oil
- Hazelnut oil
- Olive oil
- Grapeseed oil
- Rosehip oil
- Shea Butter
- Cocoa Butter
Soothing botanical extracts
- Oat extract or Oat Beta Glucan
- Aloe Vera
Humectants (bind moisture to skin)
- Hyaluronic Acid or Sodium Hyaluronate
- Vitamin C: Ascorbyl palmitate, Ascorbic Acid
- Vitamin E: Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate